Way back in the spring, GMTT made her way into town. She selected Essex as the site for our reunion dinner. What an excellent selection! The group agreed that Oysters would be our first course.
These fresh bites were impressive when they arrived but even better once I ate them! There were a couple of interesting items on the menu and they even made their way onto our table. The Potato Pancakes with homemade salmon gravlax, salmon caviar and sour cream was an interesting arrival.
I wasn't interested but it disappeared pretty quickly. The crisp potato pancake was surprisingly delicious with the salmon. I couldn't resist the Scallops.
Four perfectly seared scallops over croutons, watermelon, roasted peaches and basil. Yum! I was a little hesitant because of the fruit, but the watermelon provided a juiciness that was quite refreshing. The croutons were crunchy goodness, but I could have done without the basil. One of the better-looking dishes was the Grilled Shrimp & Avocado Salad.
The tail on shrimp was seasoned and grilled to perfection. The avocado salad and large slices of avocado were served on a bed of baby spinach. The portion was just right for a starter and the avocado salad was my favorite part! The Endive Salad didn't look quite as good.
Pecan and dried cranberries with Gorgonzola puffs and pear vinaigrette. Meh. I didn't eat it but Ms. P cleaned up the plate. I guess it's good, if you're into that type of thing. The starter menu had a lot of appeal. G ordered the Chipotle baby lamb t-bone.
The lamb was cooked just right and tasted even better with the sauce. The pear tasted good but I was not interested in the watercress. I was a big fan of the Tilapia and Mango Ceviche!
The cubes of Tilapia were well flavored with cilantro and aji amarillo. The big chunks of mango and avocado were splendid! I ate way more than I should have but I savored each bite. We eventually moved on to a few main dishes. The Papardelle was quite impressive.
Those huge fresh pieces of pasta were amazing. It tasted even better with the fresh seafood mix of shrimp, calamari and mussels. I would definitely go back to try that. I ordered the Cajun Spiced Catfish.
It was served over shrimp and potatoes. Holy Deliciousness! The fish was juicy and well spiced. The shrimp and potatoes were spectacular. I loved the blend of seafood and I'm a huge fan of potatoes. Although my stomach was bulging at this point, but the meal had been so good I couldn't turn down dessert.
The Warm Chocolate cake with caramel and fresh fruit was the best way to close out the meal. We ordered a couple for the table and within a few minutes of them landing at our table, there was no evidence they ever existed.
This was a memorable meal thanks to the many dishes that provided satisfaction to my taste buds. There are a few dishes I'll definitely be revisiting. The meal was also incredibly affordable considering how much we ate. Can't wait to go back!!